Thankful For A Wonderful (Well-Documented) Family!

Thanksgiving is this coming Thursday, and personally, the one thing that I am most thankful for is my family. So rather than round up a bunch of cards embellished with fall leaves and turkeys, I thought I’d show you some of my favorite family-themed scrapbooking pages from the past year. These pages are all from Designer LeNae Gerig, and can be found on Paper Wishes’ Scrapbooking 101 site. If you haven’t visited before, or if it’s been a while, you need to take a look! The site is packed with lots of scrapbooking tips and tricks, articles and of course, project ideas! Click on each image below for supplies and instructions.

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Uses Paper Wishes’ Chalkboard Paper Pack, Design Tool Kit #5 and Opaque White Pen.

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Uses Paper Wishes’ Halloween Papers and Spooky Dazzles™!

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Uses Paper Wishes’ Silver Linen Paper, Color Me™ Silver Swirls Paper and the Easy Sunburst Template!

The thing I love about each of these pages is the layout! I love unique layouts, and I found each of these inspiring in some way.

As a parting gift, I’d like to share a short scrapbooking article by LeNae called Advice From A Been-There Beginner. LeNae offers some fabulous scrapbooking insight and wisdom. And by wisdom, I really mean the sense of fun that she imparts on scrapbooking. Her article made me laugh (patterned scissors!), and gently reminded me of all the reasons my inner perfectionist does NOT have to show up at my craft table! At least, not every time…

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Our webisode this coming Tuesday will feature one of my very favorite new products — Spectrum Noir™ Colored Pencils! These super-vibrant pencils are incredible for layering color.  Just wait until you see Gail’s Spectrum Noir™ Busy Bees Card – you’ll see what I mean!
  • We love our Paper Wishes customers! So in the spirit of “Thanks” and “Giving,” we’d like to offer you 20% off the highest-priced item in your order! Simply enter code: THX2014 at checkout to receive your discount! Now through Sunday!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Let that inner perfectionist take a backseat, and make a little time to create something you love! Even if it’s a test-run of your pumpkin pie recipe! 😉

Michelle

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Christmas Card Make-A-Thon!

Today we are two weeks from Thanksgiving and then Christmas Season is here!!! December always seems to pass so quickly, so this year I am deeming these next two weeks my Christmas Card Make-A-Thon!

The goal is to be finished with my Christmas cards before December 1st. What?! I know. Part of the reason is because I am expecting the arrival of a new baby girl (!) somewhere in the neighborhood of December 3rd. You can see the benefit to having my cards done in advance!

This year, to streamline the process a bit, I’ll be making use of Hot Off The Press’ Winter Wishes and Merry & Bright Artful Card Kits (ACK)! These holiday card making kits include coordinating papers plus lots of die-cuts and cut-outs. They also have a slightly more modern feel than those from Hunkydory. And now through Sunday, these Artful Card Kits are on sale for only $7.99 (regular retail $9.99)!

I feel like I’ve shared quite a few project ideas using Winter Wishes, but I don’t want to overlook our other new ACK, Merry & Bright!

Created by Debbie Samples

Created by Debbie Samples

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Here is one more card that LeNae created, this time using the Winter Wishes ACK. I really like the simplicity of this card, as well as the contrast. I really, really like the idea of being able to easily create a number of vibrant and unique cards from a set of papers and die-cuts. The die-cuts make gorgeous embellishments on their own (foam tape is your friend), or if time allows you can add extra ribbon or whatever you choose!

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Our webisode this coming Tuesday will feature Hobby House Card Toppers! These adorable card toppers are already colored in – another great way to speed up your holiday card making or ornament making! Be sure to check out our webisode this coming Tuesday for some fabulous project ideas!
  • We want your feedback! Paper Wishes wants to know what topics would you like to have more information about or see demonstrated? Please leave thoughts or suggestions in the comments below!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend – it’s going to be a great chance to get started on some Christmas cards (and possibly assemble some freezer meals)! Make sure you take a little time to create something you love!

Michelle

 

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Feeling A Little Christmas-y….

I hope you’ve been enjoying our Week of Webisodes! It’s been a week packed with adorable Hunkydory Christmas projects and I am absolutely crazy for Hunkydory’s Contemporary Christmas card kit… I love the bold and bright colors paired with the little squirrels and foxes!  Pink, black and silver-foiled Christmas cardstock?! Um, yes please!!! Click here to view all the gorgeous die-cuts and cardstock sheets you’ll receive with this kit!

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by Susan Cobb

Created by Susan Cobb

I also love the Hunkydory Selection Box card kit – just take a look at Gail’s Spinner Slide Card (below)! I have been seeing lots of slider cards lately and Gail has really done a fantastic job with this one! The little sliding reindeer spins and slides so freely – he just frolics all over the front of this card and I love it. Click on the card below to view Gail’s method for creating the perfect spinning/sliding card!

Created by Gail Booth

Created by Gail Booth

 

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Monday kicks off our Holiday Headquarters promotion! Starting Monday you’ll receive 20% off on all Hot Off The Press Christmas items! So yes, that means Christmas Cheer Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers and Naughty & Nice Stamps! It also means Paper Artist™ embossing folders and cutting dies! So check out these gorgeous projects for a little inspiration and get your wish list ready!
    Created by Teresa Welch

    Created by Teresa Welch

    Created by Gail Booth

    Created by Gail Booth

    Created by LeNae Gerig

    Created by LeNae Gerig

    Created by LeNae Gerig

    Created by LeNae Gerig

  • This coming Tuesday our webisode will feature the newest Die’sire Dies from Crafter’s Companion. These amazing dies are incredibly detailed AND they both cut and emboss!!! Be sure to check out the webisode this coming Tuesday to get great project ideas, plus techniques and tips from Paulette and Gail!  They will show you how to get the very best results from these incredible dies.
  • And don’t forget — it’s a new month and with that comes a new Monthly Design Challenge. And we have a fun surprise for you! Rather than the usual card/page, this month we are creating a set of 4 simple/minimalist cards! It’s quick and easy to register for our message board — just click on the register link on the upper left side of the page! Come join the fun and submit a picture of your card set – you could win $15 to Paper Wishes®. Click here for more details.
  • Last but definitely not least, it’s time to say CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of our October Design Challenge, Penny Douphinett!!! Our challenge for the month of October was to create a folded or shaped card, and her triangular Christmas card is definitely unique!

Penny says, “I am one of the swaps team organizers on the message boards. Paper Wishes was my first on-line purchase when I started papercrafting 10 years ago. I’ve been very happy to watch PW expand its product line to include dies and stencils. This was my favorite challenge, I really enjoy any kind of 3D project so this was right up my alley.

Here is her winning entry:

Created by Penny Douphinett

Created by Penny Douphinett

oct winner 2

Created by Penny Douphinett

Alright, I think we have plenty of Christmas in the air now. I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Take a little time to do something creative!!!

 

Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paper Wishes Pumpkin Carving Contest!

I hope you had a great Halloween! Last Thursday, Paper Wishes® held our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest for employees and their families! Employees gathered in the lobby for the contest results AND a whole bunch of candy!

Owners Paulette & Mike Jarvey clearly terrified by the frightening entries!

Owners Paulette & Mike Jarvey clearly terrified by such frightening entries!

Scott, our gracious Pumpkin Carving Contest coordinator!

Scott, our gracious Pumpkin Carving Contest coordinator!

This year we had winners in four categories including Most Creative, Scariest, Grossest and Funniest. Here are the winning entries, determined (appropriately) by popular vote:

The (Prettiest) Grossest Pumpkin made by Scott’s daughter!

The Most Creative Pumpkin!

The Land of Oz – Most Creative Pumpkin!

The Funniest Pumpkin!

The Scariest Pumpkin (Mine!)

The Scariest Pumpkin (mine!)

There were a lot of great entries this year, and I just wanted to show off a few more (well ok, all the rest) below:

Paulette's adorable mummy gourds!

Paulette’s adorable mummy gourds!

halloween entries

owloween pumpkin

jack

 

witch pumpkin

Everybody had a great time and it was so fun to see such a variety!!! The winners were awarded gift cards for coffee or ice cream, and I know we are all looking forward to next year!!

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Today kicks off another Week of Webisodes (WOW)! This WOW will feature 5 days of new projects from 5 different Hunkydory Christmas Card Kits! Hunkydory has some great designs for Christmas this year, so whether you are looking for cute, contemporary or elegant cards, you won’t want to miss out!

Believe it or not, November is finally here! Christmas card-making “season” will begin in earnest, and I’ll have lots of new Christmas card ideas and inspiration to show you – I’m so excited! I hope you all had a very fun, very safe Halloween, and were able to spend some time on your creative endeavors!

Michelle

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